Industry Program 2020
This solicitation seeks new ideas and technologies to predict, prevent, diagnose and/or treat adverse changes in behavioral health and cognitive performance in astronauts. This must be achieved with solutions for detection and intervention which are minimally intrusive to the user and are feasible in a resource constrained environment.
Challenges to address for this opportunity
TRISH’s mission focuses on ensuring the health and performance of crew members during long duration and exploration spaceflight, which pose numerous challenges to astronauts, including:
- Acute stress associated with the dangerous external environment and high-stakes activities (extravehicular activities (EVAs), launch, landing, critical repairs);
- Extended confinement in an austere environment;
- Isolation from family, friends and loved ones, including both physical separation and communication time-lags that prohibit real-time interaction;
- Disruption of circadian cues;
- Chronic stress associated with spaceflight, including workload (too high or too low), interpersonal challenges with few effective means of avoidance, loneliness, etc;
- A potential lack of meaningful work (during long transits);
- Fluid shifts towards the head;
- Deep space radiation.
A well-written project description must include sections that outline:
- A detailed project description of the work to be done over one year. This project description should be achievable and credible.
- A description of how the products of this work will advance healthcare use cases in space, as well as on Earth.An understanding of the applicability to the US health market is expected. An attempt should be made to explain the applicability of this work to space health needs.
- Project data anticipated and an understanding of what is needed to access that data. Astronaut or flight data is very difficult to access within one year.
- Clear project Milestones.
- Anticipated IRB or IACUC needs (if any) and access to academic or commercial options. Proposals using vertebrate animals must address the five points outlined in the Vertebrate Animal Scientific Review (VASR) instructional document posted alongside this document. This response is limited to two pages.
- Project Deliverables outlining the products of the funding including the state of the product and any future milestones anticipated for further development or validation.
Eligibility of Applicants
All categories of United States (U.S.) companies are eligible to submit proposals. International (non-U.S.) entities may not submit in response to this call as the proposing institution. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, the private sector, and federal, state, and local government laboratories.
Present or prior NASA or TRISH support of research or training is not a prerequisite for submission of a proposal. Previous experience in space-related research is not required for submission or funding of a proposal. TRISH is particularly interested in investigators that are new to space biomedical research.